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Sex, pregnancy poorly understood by women: US study

Published on Jan 28, 2014 6:19 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Women are often in the dark when it comes to basic facts about sex, fertility, pregnancy and their own reproductive health, according to a United States (US) study on Monday.

The research was conducted by Yale University via an online survey of 1,000 women aged 18 to 40 from across the US.

Just one in 10 women knew that sex was required before ovulation, not after, in order to optimise the chances of pregnancy, said the findings in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

More than one-third thought that certain sex positions, like raising one's hips, could increase the chance of pregnancy.

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